Child Care

We humbly suggest:

  • Children thrive best in healthy and stable families.
  • Child care is the care of the child, no matter who provides that care.
  • Public policy on childcare should
    • place the child’s wellbeing first,
    • recognize that children and families have diverse needs and situations, and
    • be equitable and flexible to accommodate the various childcare options that families may choose to meet their needs.

Supporting Research

Look Before You Leap: The Real Costs and Complexities of National Daycare
Andrea Mrozek, Peter Jon Mitchell, Brian Dijkema
May 6, 2021
The federal budget of 2021 offers national daycare at a cost of $30 billion over five years, with an annual cost of $9.2 billion after that. This sounds like a lot of funding, but is it enough? This research report offers a detailed assessment of the real cost of national daycare and the amounts that provincial governments will realistically be responsible for contributing once the federal funding is spent.
A Positive Vision for Child Care Policy Across Canada
January 21, 2019
Avoiding the social and economic pitfalls of "universal" child care.
Policy Brief: Early Reflections on the Canada-Alberta Child Care Agreement
Peter Jon Mitchell
November 18, 2021
A Cardus Family Policy Brief

Explorations

Exit COVID: Toward What Matters Most (Two Night Virtual Event)
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
COVID Hope From Healthy Families
Convivium
Winnie Lui, Todd Martin
November 13, 2020
Winnie Lui reports on research by Trinity Western sociologist Todd Martin revealing that around the world even the hardships of the pandemic have become sources of family strength.
What’s Wrong With Canada’s Child Care Picture?
Convivium
Peter Stockland, Peter Jon Mitchell
September 17, 2019
Peter Jon Mitchell, acting director of Cardus Family, details a new report showing how federal and provincial child care policies distort the way Canadians care for their kids.

Media Coverage

Negotiations underway over Ontario child care costs
CTV
November 24, 2021
"The federal government has grossly underestimated what this program could cost," Peter Jon Mitchell, Family Program Director at Cardus, tells CTV News as Ontario negotiates a $10-per-day child care agreement with the federal government.
Alberta's child-care deal with Ottawa does nothing for most families
Edmonton Journal
November 23, 2021
"Regardless of what the politicians say, most Alberta families will not be better off because of the new federal-provincial $10-per-day child-care deal. In fact, the untold story of this deal to send $3.8 billion from the federal treasury to the Alberta treasury over five years is that most families in the province won’t benefit at all," writes Peter Jon Mitchell in the Edmonton Journal.
Quebec's child-care system isn't what you've been told it is
The Line
October 20, 2021
"The federal government has not committed to building a system, but to funding provinces for an insufficient number of spaces over the next five years. What happens after that? The federal plan to deliver on child care appears to boil down to leaving a hot mess for the provinces to clean up down the road when federal funding has been proven to be wholly inadequate," Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell write. 

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